Location: 125 Bunda Street, Canberra Centre, Canberra City ACT 2601
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday (12pm – late)
Phone: (02) 6162 0055
Wandering around civic on a Saturday night looking for a place for dinner seems almost impossible these days. With no reservations, Wood & Coal was the only restaurant that could accommodate our group of 3. No tables were available so we were seated at the bar.
Although eating at the bar was not the most comfortable dining experience, I did enjoy the view of the elegant décor and the view of the spit roasts cooking away.
Wood & Coal specializes in spit roasts so I was eager to try one of their roast meats. Once notifying the kitchen of my fructose intolerance, I was quickly informed that all spit roasts were out of the question and that most (if not all) dishes contained some form of onion or garlic. The staff were quite apologetic and did say that they would have been able to accommodate my dietary needs if I ordered my meal in advance so they could make the necessary adjustments.
Due to my limited options, I went with hot chips and dessert.
My fructose-free dishes:
The chips had a nice crunch and was well-seasoned; but I would have preferred more feta rather than the sparse dollop here and there. ‘L’ noted that she preferred my home-made feta chips. (=P!!)
The description of the dessert was rather deceiving. Don’t get me wrong, the dessert was nice but not what I expected. The cake itself was a citrus orange & dessicated coconut sponge cake, the blood orange custard was more of a lemon curd, and the red velvet cheesecake ice-cream tasted like buttermilk and was more of a custard consistency. In general, I enjoyed my dessert, the sponge cake had a bold citrus flavor and I loved the sweetness from the dessicated coconut. However the red velvet ice-cream ruined the dish for me, as it tasted like off milk and had a grainy texture to it.
” The calamari were done well and the yuzu mayo added a nice kick to the dish. My only issue was that it wasn’t really a salad due to the lack of greens and veggies, which would have been a nice addition in cutting through the oiliness of the fried calamari.”
“So for our trip to Wood and Coal I ordered the zucchini fritters that came with goats curd and lemon jam. The fritters were cooked really well; there were a couple that were slightly burnt but I enjoyed the additional crispiness that comes with deep-frying something to the extreme. The goats curd worked well in cutting through the greasiness of the fritters. I found that the lemon jam didn’t really contribute much to the balance and could have been replaced by something that added fresh acidity to help counter the richness of the dish (possibly fresh tomatoes or capsicum?).”
Final thoughts: In general we all enjoyed our meal but there is definitely room for improvement. I am interested in trying their spit roasts and seeing whether they can accommodate my restrictive dietary requirements.
First impression: 8/10
Customer services: 7/10
Value for money: 5/10